Monday, February 15, 2010

ETUDE HOUSE: Dear Darling Tint for those Kissable Lips :)

The first time I used this product in public, someone remarked...."Wow kissable lips!".

Dear Darling Tint is another irresistible product from Etude House. With uber cute packaging, it comes in three colors - No.1 Berry Red, No. 2 Real Red and No. 3 Orange Red (I got Real Red :)). This is a nice, nice, nice alternative to lipstick. Neither oily nor creamy, it gives the lips that natural hint of color which I personally  love, love, love. It also has this cherry scent that I could almost taste :)

Mind you, it does not wear off easily, it takes hours for it to completely vanish, even if I subject it to eating, drinking and brushing of teeth. The color fades away slowly making it look more and more natural as hours pass by :)

I just wish though that more colors would be available in the future. I don't want to be limited to just three options haha.

This is me wearing the tint for the first time :)   I just took advantage of the sample and after being satisfied, I did not hesitate to purchase one.

Now before I end, I will show you some photos of Etude House in SM Megamall. As I have mentioned in my previous blog entry, being inside the store makes me feel like I'm in a dreamland, like I am transformed into a princess with all the magical products created just for me.:) Enjoy!
Lee Min Ho as come on....if you use Etude House products, you get to be his GIRL :))

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans of Harry Potter :)

I was rummaging through my memento stuff when I came across a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans --- yes, that wacky treat that Harry Potter and friends usually buy on the train on the way to Hogwarts and it is actually available to real life Muggles! (read: YOU and ME)

I was able to try the "treat" way back 2007 and I would like to take you with me back in time to remember how the experience went haha :)

My Bertie Bott's was given to me by a friend from her US trip. Initially, the selfish-me didn't want to share, the Harry-Potter-fanatic-me simply wanted to keep it as a memento, but the persistent-and-excited-me opened the candy box and gave me no option but to eat the contents. Wise move though because I realized that had I not shared it to my siblings and finished everything instead, I would be vomiting for days and lose my appetite indefinitely.

You'd understand why, sure some flavors were acceptable (and even delicious), such as blueberry, buttered popcorn, cherry, cinnamon, grape, lemon drop, sausage, toasted marshmallow and my personal favorite- tutti fruitti, but then the rest are truly horrible, aaarghhh, black pepper, booger, dirt, earthworm, earwax, grass, pickle, rotten egg, sardine, soap, and vomit!

My siblings and I were laughing so hard trying the horrible flavors and imagining that we were actually eating the real thing, (yucky, I feel like throwing up just thinking of the gruesome flavors!)
My brother literally vomitted when he tasted the vomit and rotten egg flavors. He shuddered with the idea of eating sardine-flavored candy, well according to him, sardine's ok, but as candy?!!ewness!:)) As for me, swallowing the yucky flavors was definitely impossible to do, hence, the garbage plastic became the unwilling recipient of my (and my siblings') candy spits.:))

When my parents arrived, we decided to "make fun" of them hehe, by letting them taste the yucky flavors. My mom wasn't able to withstand it, she gave up after the vomit flavor, but my dad continued the fight. We turned it into a guessing game, asking my dad to have a taste first and then guess what's the flavor. Oh boy! It was truly a laugh trip for all of us especially with dad's reaction to the flavors.:))

Needless to say, it was truly an unforgettable experience for all of us!:)

Until now, I still wonder if such candy can be purchased here in the Philippines?:)) If you ever get hold of one, go on, do not be afraid, TRY!:)

Friday, February 5, 2010

A'st1: Yearning of my Heart

I came to know this group too late...they have already disbanded but their music lives on, at least in my heart. They have this song which keeps on running in my mind. I actually think that I am crazy now because I can listen to the song the entire day, it keeps on repeating and repeating in my music player and I am not bothered at all :)

I am referring to A'st1 (pronounced as A style), a Korean boy group composed of 6 jalsaeng-gin guys in their early 20's who can all sing (they harmonize well, see-, dance and unconsciously make girls swoon over them haha. Though the group's generally Korean, only 4 are pure Koreans namely Park Jung Jin (leader), Sung In Kyuone, Byun Jang Moon (MY UBER FAVORITE!), Lim Han Byul and then one is Japanese, Azuma Tomoki (Tomo) and Ding Hai Ming is Chinese :)

                 (from L-R) Haiming, Hanbyul, Jangmoon, Tomo, Jungjin, Inkyu

In  a nut shell, they debuted in 2008 with the song " Back." Since, two members are non-Koreans, the label of which the group is under, DSP Entertainment, had plans for them to be known throughout Asia. They have trained for years before actually coming out in public.  Unfortunately, oh and i mean unfortunately, for some reasons not quite clear to me...a year and few months after, the group has disbanded.... (and I faint...)

                              (from L-R)   Jungjin, Jangmoon, Hanbyul, Tomo,  Inkyu, Haiming

They have already disbanded the moment I became an A'st1 Thanks to my viewing of Boys Over Flowers series (Korean version of Meteor Garden/ F4), I heard this one song used as soundtrack, and from then on I did not stop until I finally found it. I had a hard time, mind you, looking for the song because I cannot understand the lyrics in Korean but the melody has stuck in me so much that I used it as a guide which lead me to the song :)) And after which, I came to know the voices behind the haunting song :))

And as for that song which I uber loooooove now, it's Yearning of the Heart. What's most interesting about all this is that I don't speak their language and I just rely on the translations available online (I am not even sure if the translations are correct) but I still love the song. I don't know what's in it but every time I hear it I'm soothed, I'm calmed and I'm transported to a serene world far away haha...try to listen to it...maybe I will see you in that world too :))

A'st1 memories are preserved, thanks to, I' m able to watch over and over videos and listen to their other songs which I came to appreciate eventually after learning more about them. They have their own version of English songs like "More Than Words", "World of Our Own" by Westlife and "This I Promise You" by Nsync. And of course they have other Korean songs aside from "Yearning of the Heart" which I, who is non-Korean, really love such as the sad sad "Naega Babboyeoso", the groovy "Show", fun "Funky N Roll Tonight" and many more.

Oh well, I'm a bit sorrowful that I came to know A'st1 too late, but I'm still happy because at least I came to know them :)) And no matter how late this might be, I'm urging everyone to take time to hear 'em out.

Monday, February 1, 2010

For Sparkly You and Me!:) (ETUDE HOUSE)

I think this is the start of a wonderful love affair with a beauty brand --- ETUDE HOUSE!

I honestly was not aware of it  until I passed by a brightly lit girly pink store sometime last month in SM Megamall Building A. Where in the world have I been all this time...I did some research and found out that this Korean brand has been making waves as early as 1995! Anyway, It was a new store in the said mall and I was curious about it. Peeking from outside, I instantly knew it was an enticing beauty store. Peeking from outside, I had a feeling that I would be hooked on it. When I got inside, I verified the feeling as it was indeed paradise looking into all the shiny, shimmery (and I mean shimmery which I really really love) and colorful stuff Etude House carries. It was like being in a dreamland, it was like I have been transformed into a princess with all the magical (have I mentioned shimmery?:)) products created just for me.

What I love about this brand is that the products are designed, as I quote from Etude House's official description and as I have personally seen, "for the trendy, romantic, sweet, lovely, and sparkling youth". But I think even for the older generation, the products would bring out the youthfulness in 'em :)

And so I begin the first of the Etude House review series :)


SECRET BEAM HIGHLIGHTER - comes in two variants - Pink mix and Orange mix (I got the orange mix to complement better with my skin tone)

Description says that it is a "9-Color Mix Mosaic Style Facial Highlighter to beautifully coordinate makeup finish. Pearl highlighter brightens and shades facial tone & adds luster" 
I have actually been in search for a perfect product that would make my face sparkle, not too scandalous though but enough to make people look at me intently. And with Etude House's SECRET BEAM HIGHLIGHTER, I think I can now scream Eureka!

After applying make-up, I brush over my face the sparkly powder. It does not ruin the color, instead makes my face glow all the more, but NOT to the point of making it look oily. The sparkle stays on for hours but since I heart it so much, I sometimes find myself applying it again and again. It's ok though because it's so light, I do not end up looking like a kabuki or a glittering cake.:) 

To date, this is one of my most treasured make-up pieces. :)

For Lush Lips

Say goodbye to chapped and dry lips with RICH PLUM SHIMMER LIP BALM from BODY SHOP.

I personally love this product because the balm looks so regal with its shimmery deep violet color. It has rich plum scent that i could almost taste and most of all, it makes my lips naturally moist, soft but not overly shiny. Can be used alone or before applying lipstick.

Aside from personal use, I really think this makes a perfect gift for all our female loved ones.:)

Indulge in Sarah Geronimo's most personal album to date...

The Love Season is just around the corner and fret not if you do not have a special someone to spend it with... Let Philippines' Popstar Sarah Geronimo serenade you in the comforts of your own place with her own take on popular foreign and OPM love hits featured in her latest album under Viva Records.. 

Entitled “Music and Me”, the all-English album includes themes which Sarah has sung for various box-office movies like  “A Very Special Love”, “You Changed My Life” and "Something New In My Life" and more covers of heart tugging love songs.

Sarah had been very hands-on in the selection of tracks to be featured in the album, making this one of her most personal recordings to date. As a bonus, the feisty “Record Breaker”, an original song used in one of her endorsements, is also included in the album.

Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
Lost In Your Eyes (Debbie Gibson)
Can This Be Love; Listen To Your Heart (Roxette)
Have You Ever (Brandy)
Please Be Careful with My Heart (duet with Christian Bautista)
Fall For You (Shanice), Could Have Been (Tiffany)
Before I Fall in Love (Coco Lee)
You Changed My Life
I'll Never Let You Go (Faith Evans)
Somebody New in My Life
A Very Special Love 

BONUS TRACK: Record Breaker

This is definitely the perfect album for the Month of Hearts and the days beyond.:)

Hmmmmm....Refreshing Scent!

I was never a fan of Victoria Secret scents until I came to know ENCHANTED APPLE. It's a combination of Red Apple, Watery Hyacinth and Musk. 

Indeed, I was enchanted by the fruity scent which is FAR from the usual Victoria Secret scents which my nose finds so mature, heavy, too romantic and hugely seductive.

ENCHANTED APPLE holds true to its bottle description "Refreshing Body Mist"...its red liquid, when sprayed, transforms into an enticing, light and yummy fragrance that one would not hesitate to have a "bite" into :)

The scent is for both young and old and will fit almost every daytime occasion. At night, if one still wants to have that refreshing feeling, then this is the perfect product to use.

Needless to say, of all Victoria Secret products that I've taken hold of, this is one scent that I actually put into use.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Grave of the Fireflies...A Must See Film!!!!

I find this Japanese movie so emotionally haunting and heartbreaking, a definite eye-opener to the harsh realities of war and to the lessons of life, love and sacrifice.

Set in Japan, towards the end of World War 2, the film becomes a real tearjerker as it unfolds the sad plight of two orphaned children, Seita (14 years old) and his 4-year old sister Setsuko, who are forced to survive on their own amidst the predicaments of war. (If they indeed survive, I am not telling, one really has to see the film)

Watching the movie made me realize that there is nothing good about war, no country really reigns supreme in the true sense because even the powerful ones (like Japan which occupied and terrorized our country during WW2) suffer too, even they have civilians who are defenseless, hungry, weak, sick, afraid...who die.

It won't be a first and last viewing for the Grave of the Fireflies, I don't care if it will be an overwhelming experience once again, never mind if I will feel my heart constrict again, never mind if I will have to hold my breath again as I become witness to the sorrowful events...I could bear such feelings.

More importantly, the film brought me back to reality...made me reflect that amidst the hustle and bustle of my present life, there are certain things that are more important to hold on to than the rest.

Go on, I am urging you to experience the Grave of the Fireflies! Now!

P.S. The child actress, Mao Sasaki, who plays Setsuko is sooooooo adorable.:)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

For Fairer Feet :)

Try creating several solid black circles on an off white surface. You will notice that a contrast is set between the two opposing colors, and as the dark colored circles are highlighted, the light colored surface is all the more washed out.

I believe that the same principle holds true for the FEET and its colored TOENAILS :) I have tried using light colored polish (colorless, light pink, peach, etc) as well as dark colored ones (black, deep violet, midnight red etc) on my toenails but my observation is that as always, whenever I use the darker shades, my feet would always appear to be fairer and cleaner to look at.

Try and see for yourself :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Inexpensive Products for that Ultimate Hair Love

I have wavy hair and I have tried a lot of products to make it manageable and cooperative. I have discovered a lot of shampoo-conditioner combinations that work well for my mane. However, the most inexpensive combination that I have TRIED AND TESTED can actually be bought in sachet form at local sari-sari stores. I'm referring to PALMOLIVE NATURALS SILKY STRAIGHT Shampoo (with violet packaging) and CREAM SILK PINK CONDITIONER.

These two products are manufactured by competing companies, Palmolive is by Colgate-Palmolive and Cream Silk by Unilever. But hey, based on my experience, they work well together, even better than when Palmolive shampoo is used with Palmolive conditioner or Cream Silk conditioner with any Unilever brand of shampoo.

My sisters (who both have rebonded hair) also agree to this winning shampoo and conditioner tandem, so if you will look around our bathroom for hair care products, pink and violet  would definitely be a sight to see :)

For that oh so splendid SKIN...

Seems that nowadays, everyone just wants to have fairer skin. Well that explains the popularity of skin whitening products especially in countries such as the Philippines. But you know what? The truth is, these whitening products do not actually WHITEN skin, but merely BRING BACK the natural skin color you were born with, sans the extreme sunlight exposure, pollution and other factors that damage the skin and darken its color. In short, if you are to use so-called whitening products, do not expect to be really white, but instead expect your epidermis to be transformed to its almost perfect state when you were a baby :)

Now what's more important is that your skin is smooth and blemish-free and I think that would really make the difference. For that, I have TRIED AND TESTED LIKAS PAPAYA HERBAL SOAP. It is the first Filipino organic herbal soap, enriched with Papaya enzyme and blended with tropical herbs for clearer and fairer complexion.

I have been using the product for some time now and beyond the "fairer skin concept" , what I really love about this product is that every time I use it all over my body, I actually feel the "clean sensation", unwanted excess oil is removed and my skin is blemish free, no pimples whatsoever in my face. I feel like I am glowing.

I have tried other soaps offered in the market (even other papaya soap brands) out of curiosity, but I therefore conclude that for me, nothing beats the skin confidence that is elicited with the use of Likas Papaya Soap.
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